Welcome to the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning Podcast

This podcast series presented by TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning, dives into the work of our TUM community and shares their vision of how their work can help to improve the world we live in. In the first mini-series which will air over the next couple of weeks, the podcast hosts John Pye and Thomas Münch of TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning talk with their guests about the topic: “Sustainability. Time to Change.”
 
A quest to uncover interesting and informative topics while learning a little more about the human stories behind them. Subscribe on Spotify, Anchor.fm, Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts so as never to miss an episode!

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Behind the scenes of the first TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning podcast session: Hosts Thomas Münch and John Pye with Prof. Dr. Schreurs (from left to right).

Sustainability. Time to Change.

Episode 1 - Climate Policy

  • Prof. Dr. Schreurs

In this episode we speak with Professor Miranda Schreurs, Head of the Professorship of Environmental and Climate Policy in the TUM School of Governance. She shares her insights into the current state of climate policy, the challenges facing governments and a few tips on how we can make a difference. If you want to find out more, please explore the further resources recommended by Professor Dr. Schreurs:

Music: "Beauty Inside" by Soundroll and "Celebration" by Zac Nelson
Artwork: Katharina Quitter

Episode 2 - Alternative Fuels (in German)

  • Prof. Dr. Burger

(PODCAST IN GERMAN) In this episode we speak with Professor Jakob Burger, Director of the Laboratory of Chemical Process Engineering at the Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability. We explore the topic of alternative fuels and ask what contribution they can make to the future of energy supply and mobility. We explore Campus Straubing’s role as a serious player in the race for significant global emission reduction and climate neutrality by 2050. In doing so, we find that there might be more to the future of sustainable mobility than we think…

Further resources:

  • TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability
  • TUM Laboratory for Chemical Process Engineering
  • Press Release on the new demonstration plan for synthetic fuels (German)
  • TV feature on BR about Prof. Burger and the demonstration plant for synthetic fuel production at TUM Campus Straubing (German)

    Music: "Beauty Inside" by Soundroll and "Celebration" by Zac Nelson
    Artwork: Katharina Quitter

  • Episode 3 – The Changing Face of Energy

    • Susanne Kurowski, M.Sc.

    In this episode we speak with by Susanne Kurowski, a researcher at TUM’s Professorship for Innovation & Technology Management. She shares her insights into a transition to clean energy, the start-ups driving these changes and their struggles with sourcing funding and surviving the “Valley of Death”. If you want to find out more, please see the following articles recommended by Susanne during the podcast:

  • Goldstein et al. (2020)
  • Doblinger et al. (2019)
  • Breakthorugh Energy (2021)

  • Music: "Beauty Inside" by Soundroll and "Celebration" by Zac Nelson
    Artwork: Katharina Quitter

    Episode 4 – Political Regimes & Digitainability

    • Professor Stefan Wurster and Dr. Markus Siewert

    (PODCAST IN GERMAN)
    In this episode we speak with Professor Stefan Wurster and Dr. Markus Siewert from the TUM Professorship for Policy Analysis. Within two halves of the podcast we explore ecological sustainability in autocracies and democracies, what can we learn by comparing political regimes both internationally and within federal systems? In the second half of the podcast we explore the pressing topic of "Digitainability" and how TUM looks to play a leading role in the design of digital and sustainable transformation processees, bringing together two megatrends and the promotion of sustainable digitilization. If you want to find out more, please read more about the Professorship for Policy Analysis, and the project Digitanability here:

  • TUM Professorship for Policy Analysis
  • Digitainability
  • Information at Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (German only):
  • Democracy
  • Climate Change
  • Digital Disinformation

  • Music: "Beauty Inside" by Soundroll and "Celebration" by Zac Nelson
    Artwork: Katharina Quitter

    Episode 5 – Urban Mobility & the 15 Minute City

    • Elias Pajares M.Sc.

    In this episode we speak with Elias Pajares, a researcher from the TUM Chair of Urban Structure and Transport Planning and co-founder of Plan4Better, a start-up whose offering helps urban planners analyse and design easier, better, and more open urban spaces.
    We explore the topic of urban mobility, the concept of the 15-minute city and find out more about Plan4Better’s key software offering “GOAT” and how it is helping urban planners and decision makers shape more sustainable cities for the future.
    If you would like to find out more about sustainable urban mobility and planning, check out the following resources recommended by Elias:

  • Plan4Better
  • TUM Accessibility Planning (LinkedIn channel)
  • ModiData BW Podcast (in German)
  • European Cooperation in Science & Technology: Instruments for Urban Planning
  • C40 Cities
  • Academic Paper: “Accessibility by proximity: Addressing the lack of interactive accessibility instruments for active mobility”


  • Music: "Beauty Inside" by Soundroll and "Celebration" by Zac Nelson
    Artwork: Katharina Quitter

    Episode 6 – Green City of the Future

    • Dr. Simone Linke

    In this episode we speak with Dr. Simone Linke, Research Fellow at the TUM Chair of Energy Efficient and Sustainable Design and Building, and an expert in urban design.
    Dr. Linke shares insights into her current project, “Green City of the Future”, where she works in an interdisciplinary team looking at how green infrastructure can help cities be better adapted and protected in the face of climate change. How can we better plan and build cities to be more green? What are the tangible benefits? … and what is getting in the way?

    To read more about the project and sustainable urban planning, please see the below:

  • Green City of the Future
  • TUM Chair for Strategic Landscape Planning and Management
  • TUM Centre for Urban Ecology and Climate Adaptation
  • TUM Chair of Urban Water Systems Engineering
  • TUM Chair of Forest Growth and Yield Science
  • BGMR Landscape Architects (German only)
  • Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl
  • Deutsche Wetterdienst
  • Sieker (German only)
  • Immorisk (German only)

  • Music: "Beauty Inside" by Soundroll and "Celebration" by Zac Nelson
    Artwork: Katharina Quitter

    Hosts and Speakers

    Foto: Andreas Heddergott

    Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs holds the Professorship for Environment and Climate Policy at TUM School of Governance and Bavarian School of Public Policy. Schreurs’ main research areas are in international and comparative climate policy, environmental politics, and low-carbon energy transitions. She is involved in projects examining the energy transitions in Germany and Japan; climate policies of Europe, the United States, and China; and the politics of high-level radioactive waste disposal. In 2011 Schreurs was appointed by Chancellor Angela Merkel as a member of the German Ethics Commission on a Safe Energy Supply.

     

    Foto: Andreas Heddergott

    Professor Burger (b. 1984) works on the conceptual design of processes in chemistry and biotechnology. In a very impressive new demonstration plant at Campus Straubing he and his team conduct – amongst other projects – research on alternative fuels with ready for use synthetic fuel as final product – driven by the theme “Process Design for Mastering the Raw Material Change.

    Foto: Professorship for Innovation and Technology Management

    Susanne Kurowski is a Research Associate at the Professorship for Innovation and Technology Management at the Technical University of Munich. She joined the team of Prof. Dr. Doblinger in December 2018. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Management & Technology and a master’s degree in Sustainable Resource Management, both from the Technical University of Munich.

    Foto: Astrid Eckert

    Professor Wurster is the head of the TUM Professorship for Policy Analysis where he conducts research on policy analysis in areas closely linked to sustainability such as education, research, innovation, environmental policy and energy policy. His specific research interests include the comparison of democracies and autocracies as well as different instruments of policy regulation.

    Foto: Astrid Eckert

    Dr. Siewert is a research fellow at the TUM Professorship for Policy Analysis where he works on issues related to government performance in established democracies and its institutional and political determinants. He also has strong a methodological expertise in qualitative methods dealing with (causal) inference, inter alia, Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), Process Tracing and other case study designs, as well as the integration of strategies in multimethod research.

    Foto: Chair of Urban Structure and Transport Planning

    Elias Pajares started working at TUM’s Chair of Urban Structure and Transport Planning in 2018. He is working in the development of sustainable mobility concepts, GIS modelling and the development of interactive accessibility instruments. One focus of his work is the development of Geo Open Accessibility Tool (GOAT), which is now a key software offering for a start-up he co-founded: Plan4Better.

    Foto: © Astrid Eckert

    Dr. Simone Linke, Research Fellow at the Chair of Energy Efficient and Sustainable Design and Building and an expert in urban design. She completed her studies in urban design in 2012 at the TU Berlin, and has since worked in a number of urban planning positions in both the private and public sector. Dr. Linke joined TUM as a research fellow in 2014 and successfully completing her doctorate at Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen in 2018.

    Thomas Münch is a Senior Manager for Digital Innovations and Leadership at TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning. He is specialized in the areas of Business and Innovation Coaching, Educational Technology (EdTech), Leadership and Business Transformation. Together with John Pye, he is one of the hosts and producers of the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning podcast.

     

     

    John Pye is Manager for International Relations and Alliances at TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning. Previously, he worked as a Policy Advisor to the British Government. He holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Together with Thomas Münch, he is one of the hosts and producers of the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning podcast.

     

     

     

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